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CMAI 2011: North American Ethylene Producers Well-Positioned for the Future

10:04 PM MDT | March 27, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley in San Antonio

The North American ethylene industry is expected to remain strong through 2015 as ethane cracking continues to have a significant cost advantage over naphtha cracking, giving producers healthy margins and a favorable export position, John Stekla, director/olefins studies, CMAI (Houston) told attendees at CMAI’s World Petrochemical Conference recently held in Houston. “The North American ethylene industry was beautifully efficient in 2010,” Stekla says. “Domestic consumption rebounded strongly and the low-cost position supported by the...

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